Monday, May 9Erato Wine Bar & Grand Market (3117 South Grand Boulevard; 314-664-6400 or www.eratowines.com) is a breath of fresh air -- literally. This new bar still smells new, instead of reeking of stale cigarette smoke. No, the venue doesn't have excellent air filters -- it just doesn't allow smoking. Period. Hooray! And if that's not enough reason to celebrate, how about rejoicing at the fact that the bar recognizes all you service-industry types and the South Grand community together with a special night? Thought so. On Mondays folks in the aforementioned groups enjoy reduced prices on draft beer and the DJ drink special of the week, and Erato will uncork their bottles of wine for free (a $10 value). Also, DJs spin from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. during these South Grand Sessions, and a portion of each week's proceeds supports Operation Food Search. Now that's worth cheering about. Start your work week off right with clean air, nice wine, good company and charity -- you'll be glad you did.
Tuesday, May 10We may have been pulling for Aloha Mischeaux to win it all on American Idol not because she's a hometown girl (the daughter of alderman Freeman Bosley, in fact), but because of the pleasure saying her name brings to our mouth. Too bad Aloha also means goodbye, and she got booted from the "contest" early in the season. The Idol's loss is your gain, as Ms. Mischeaux graces the stage at the Missouri History Museum's (Lindell Boulevard and DeBaliviere Avenue; 314-746-4599 or www.mohistory.org) Twilight Tuesday concert series this week. Admission is free, and you can chant her name all night starting at 6:30 p.m. Aloha, Aloha!